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Prior to the ar­rival of hu­mans, Aotearoa (New Zealand) was iso­lated and unique. With­out any mam­malian preda­tors an ecosys­tem of re­mark­able flora and fauna had evolved – the likes of which could be found nowhere else in the world. Sadly, over the last 700 years, that par­adise was al­most de­stroyed by hu­mans and the mam­mals they in­tro­duced with them. Now many of these unique species are flour­ish­ing in Welling­ton, thanks to the hard work of hun­dreds of vol­un­teers and the pro­tec­tion of­fered by ZEALANDIA's ground-break­ing fence. Re­mark­able species of birds, rep­tiles, in­sects and more are liv­ing wild within a beau­ti­ful 225ha (one square mile) sanc­tu­ary val­ley that pro­vides 32km (20 miles) of routes for ev­ery­one, rang­ing from wheel­chair and buggy friendly to rugged tramp­ing grade – all through scenic ter­rain and just 10 min­utes from cen­tral Welling­ton.

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